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If you have a missing tooth or teeth, you may be embarrassed about how your mouth looks. You may avoid smiling, talking or eating in front of others. It may even affect your confidence, and the way you live your day-to-day life.
But there’s no reason why anyone should suffer because they are missing a tooth. There are plenty of solutions available, and many people choose teeth implants as a safe, effective and long term solution for restoring the look of their smile.
Teeth implants, or dental implants are they’re more commonly known, are often used to replace missing teeth. Missing teeth occur as a result of many factors, including:
- Accident or Injury
- Gum Disease
- Underlying Medical Conditions
- Lifestyle – Smoking etc.
How do Teeth Implants Work?
Teeth implants consist of a screw, which is used to replace the root of your missing tooth. This screw is placed into the jawbone, where it will remain secured. Once placed, you will not be able to feel the screw. Only the tip of the screw will be visible above your gum.
After an adequate amount of time has been left for healing, a crown, or row of crowns, will be attached to the screw. These crowns will look and feel exactly like real teeth, and will be specifically made to fit into your mouth. Most dentists will also colour match the crown to your existing teeth, for a perfectly natural look. This is why many people also choose to have their teeth whitened at the same time. The crown can be colour matched to the brighter colour of your teeth, after whitening has taken place, to give you a flawless smile.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Teeth Implants
Dental implants are a popular choice for people with missing teeth, for a variety of reasons. These include:
- The reliability of the procedure
- Quick healing time
- Perfect smile finish
However it’s important to remember that the dental implant procedure also has its disadvantages. Some types of people may not be suitable for teeth implants, as the procedure requires that there is sufficient bone present for the screw to be placed. Other people may find that their dental implants fail to take hold, which requires that the implant be removed.
In addition, since this is a complex procedure which requires minor surgery, some people may experience adverse effects due to soft tissue trauma, infection, or even incompatibility with anaesthesia. If you’re worried in any way about the risks or side effects involved with dental implants, it’s always best to speak to a professional, experienced dental surgeon.
The Cost of Teeth Implants
When it comes to teeth implants cost will always be a factor. Dental implants are not cheap, and many people find that they cannot afford the procedure. However costs vary between practitioners and it may be of benefit to thoroughly research all of your options before deciding on a particular practitioner. For example, dental surgery in London is always more costly than outside of the city, which is why many people choose to have their teeth implants fitted elsewhere.
Because of the cost of dental implants in the UK, many people choose to go abroad to have their dental surgery carried out. But if this is something you are thinking about, you should always take into account that the legal guidelines pertaining to dentistry in other countries may not be the same as they are at home. If you are in any doubt as to the skill and expertise of the practitioner you intend to see, always get a second opinion.